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Schmotziger Dienstag (aka Greasy Tuesday)

Author:  Lisa Marie

Today is Fat Tuesday, or what is known in Germany as “Schmotziger Dienstag”.  Fat Tuesday is the last day of Karneval, more popularly known as Mardi Gras, when indulgence in such treats as rich, fatty foods is encouraged.  Growing up in a German Lutheran household, I was very familiar with the practice of “Schmotziger Dienstag” and today I will allow myself a few pleasurable excesses in celebration of this tradition.

Massage at Pottruck: Penn Rec offers professional table and chair massage services 7 days per week at the Pottruck Center, to all members and non-members. Members receive a discounted price on massages that last any where from 30 – 90 minutes.  Having my back massaged by a trained professional is the fastest way for me to relax and find a sense of bliss.


Penn Food Trucks: There are many amazing food trucks on Penn’s campus and today I will buy something sweet AND salty to satisfy my “Schmotziger” cravings.

Food Truck

King Cake : Eat a piece of King Cake and look for the plastic baby.  This cake was generously provided to our office after I bought my sweet and salty lunch.  Oh, well, it’s Fat Tuesday.

King Cake

Walk in the Park: Finally, before I go home for the evening, I will take a walk around Penn Park.  Just look at that sky!

Penn Park

Tomorrow is the start of Lent, a time when German Lutherans deny themselves simple pleasures and abstain from excess.  I may decide to give up eating dessert one meal a day or stop watching mind numbing episodes of Private Practice, but for today, I will enjoy all the benefits I can on this beautiful campus.


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Happy New Year from Penn Alumni

Author: Lisa Marie Patzer
Happy New Year

We hope to see you in 2013!

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#TriviaTuesday from Penn Alumni

Author: Lisa Marie Patzer

Penn Alumni has been posting #TriviaTuesday questions via our Twitter site once a week, every Tuesday, since mid-August. Many of the questions and photos are taken from the University Archives, a collection of digital archives made available through the Penn Libraries. We have had one consistent follower (@MikeyZ2) answer nearly all of the #TriviaTuesday correctly.  I have learned a lot about the University, trying to find interesting questions and researching the answers.

Here are a few of my favorite:





#TriviaTuesNovemberHarper's Weekly

If you have a knack for Trivia, or you just want to learn more about the University, keep an eye out for #TriviaTuesday on the Penn Alumni Twitter feed.  The one for this week was just posted and needs to be answered:

#TriviaTuesday December18

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Author: Lisa Marie Patzer

The Penn Alumni communications team recently jumped on the Instagram bandwagon.  We want to capture photos of Penn Alumni events and have a way of sharing fun photos via social outlets.  Here are some of my favorite pics so far:


Penntastic Pumpkin for Homecoming Weekend


“Paint-on sauce” at the 78th Alumni Award of Merit Gala


Pre-game pep rally at Homecoming Weekend


Neo-noir photo by Elise Betz at Engaging Minds, NYC


Provost Price at Engaging Minds, NYC. Nicely framed by the US Savings Bonds window.
Photo by Jason Strohl.

Our next event, the  yPenn Arts & Wine reception at The American Folk Art Museum, is this Thursday, December 6th.  If you want to join the conversation, look for the hashtag #yPenn on Instagram and Twitter!

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Warm Wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving

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November 22, 2012 · 2:25 am

Let’s Get Animated!

Author: Lisa Marie Patzer

Homecoming Weekend, Featuring Arts and Culture, was a wonderful opportunity for alumni, students and friends to show their excitement for Penn.  Whether it was the Penn Cheerleaders performing on College Green or the Glee Club singing The Red & The Blue, the weekend was full of animated spirit!

To see more photos from Homecoming Weekend, Featuring Arts and Culture, check out the Penn Alumni Phanfare site.

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Thanks for Following!

Author: Lisa Marie Patzer

This year during Homecoming Weekend, Featuring Arts & Culture, we saw a big increase in our online interaction among participants. From Facebook likes to views of our YouTube video to usage of our Twitter hash tag to downloads of our event-specific mobile app, Homecoming engagement took place both in real time and in virtual spheres.

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Philly Arts & Culture Fair

Author:  Lisa Marie Patzer

This Friday is the annual Philly Arts & Culture Fair at Penn.  The line up of art vendors from around Philadelphia is impressive.  Here are my personal top 10 from the list of over 40 participating organizations:

Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Arthur Ross Gallery

Arthur Ross Gallery



In Liquid Art and Design

In Liquid Art and Design

International House

International House Philadelphia

Kelly Writers House

Kelly Writers House

Live Arts Fringe

Live Arts Festival

Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

Painted Bride Art Center

Painted Bride Arts Center

Philadelphia Orchestra

Philadelphia Orchestra

If you are on Penn’s campus this Friday between 11 AM and 1 PM, stop by the Wynn Commons to learn more about Philadelphia Arts Organizations.

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A Garden Rooted in History

Author: Lisa Marie Patzer

Last weekend, I visited Bartram’s Garden located along the Schuylkill River in West Philly.  Named after the first American botanist John Bartram (1699-1777), the garden is a 45-acre National Historic Landmark with several historic buildings, a stone apple press, a nursery, orchard, and meadow.


Bartram House

After walking through the gardens, I discovered the new Community Farm and Food Resource Center, a project started last fall by the Penn Netter Center’s Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative (AUNI) in partnership with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Bartram’s Garden, and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation.

Community Farm and Food Resource Center

Community Farm and Food Resource Center

As described in an article by Penn News, the Community Farm and Food Resource Center is,  “based on Penn’s nationally-renowned university-assisted community schools model. AUNI’s ecological approach to nutrition education includes rich hands-on experiences — like the Farm/Center at Bartram’s — where local high school students can grow, cook, consume, and sell healthy fruits and vegetables, and in turn bring affordable and nutritious food to their families and communities, along with healthy change.”  After one season of planting, growth and harvesting, the 3.5 acre farm had a very successful crop.  Just last week, students and community members sold fruit and vegetables along 54th and Lindbergh Avenues at the entrance of Bartram’s Garden.  These photos were featured on AUNI’s Facebook page.

AUNI's Farm Stand at the entrance of Bartram's Garden

AUNI’s Farm Stand at the entrance of Bartram’s Garden

Selling produce grown at the Community Farm

Selling produce grown at the Community Farm

Participants in the Community Farm and Resource Center Program

Participants in the Community Farm and Food Resource Center at Bartram’s Garden

Just a John Bartram inspired cultivation, education, and abundant growth through his gardens, the Community Farm and Food Resource Center is cultivating the next generation of farmers in West Philadelphia. Keep up to date with activities at the farm and the Urban Nutrition Initiative by checking out AUNI’s website and social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube).

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The Search for a Superband

Author: Lisa Marie Patzer

Are you a Penn alumnus or student with musical talent waiting for your American Idol moment? Well here it is.

Penn Alumni invites all Penn musicians to enter the first ever Blutt Band Slam! All musical genres are welcome. Simply visit the Blutt Band Slam website for contest details and to enter your group.  Selected acts will perform live on College Green during Homecoming Weekend and compete for over $1500 in cash prizes.


Submission Deadline (entry form): September 21st
Performance Date/Time: October 27, 2012,
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Not sure your musical talents will hit a high note with our judging panel? No problem – we still need your support. Cheer on all the musical performers by attending Homecoming and see who will be crowned the first Blutt Band Slam champion!  For ongoing information about the event, follow us on twitter with the hashtag #bbandslam.

This event is made possible by the generosity of Mitchell Blutt, C’78, M’82, WG’87.

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